The Coast News Group

Toy drive to benefit children and critters

COAST CITIES — Ricochet is very excited about this second annual project, as it combines her love of helping both children and animals. The beneficiaries of this year’s toy drive are Rady Children’s Hospital and Helen Woodward Animal Center.
Last year, her toy drive generated donations from all over the world in connection with her inspirational video “From Service dog to SURFice dog,” that went viral on YouTube. As a result, more than $3,550 in donations were raised, and 638 children received toys for the holidays. Each year, thousands of children visit Rady Children’s Hospital facilities and a donation of a toy, game, or arts and crafts supplies can go a long way toward brightening a child’s stay in the hospital or a visit to a clinic.
Helen Woodward Animal Center is an agent of change for the animal welfare world. They use toys for their animals as a way to offer enrichment while they journey to find their forever homes.
Donors can choose if they’d like to make a donation for a kid toy, or a critter toy… or both.
Ricochet is accepting tax-deductible online donations toward toys through Dec. 17. She will then go shopping to purchase toys for the kids and critters. In addition, local drop boxes will be provided by her sponsor, Toys can also be mailed to:, Surfin’ Santa Paws Toy Drive, PO Box 6765, San Diego, CA 92166. Visit Ricochet’s website for complete information on donations, beneficiaries, drop box locations, and more.
For more information, contact Judy Fridono at (707) 228-0679 or [email protected] or